In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Great article.I carry concealed, too, and am thankful I am no longer a criminal by ID law. Wyoming saw the sense in concealed carry without permit a few years ago, but only because those legally open carrying became criminals when we put on a jacket or coat, which was for about 8 months a year.I usually post my name, but due to my admission to being unwilling to bend to an attempt by the state to usurp my God given right to protect myself, I'll just be anonymous.
Concealed carry is great. I prefer open carry. The 2nd Amendment supports concealed carry. But open carry supports the 2nd Amendment. That's an important distinction. Also if everyone who conceal carried would open carry Americans would be much more tolerant of guns. Ridiculous you say? OK let's compare guns to homosexuals. Stay with me. Seriously, look how Americans now receive homosexuals after they came out of the closet. If they saw folks open carrying ever time they when to Walmart they would think nothing of it. Montanans at Walmart never think twice about it.Montana Guy
Totally true! I live in MA and it is perfectly and legitimately LEGAL to Open Carry. But you will be arrested instantly if you do because of all the whiners and snowflakes who are shocked and offended by the sight of a firearm - even if it is in the holster of a police officer!!! How is this possible? When did this happen?!?!?! I am legally allowed to Open Carry and the minute I do I will lose my Law Enforcement job because of inciting others to panic, i.e. Brandishing a Weapon, or whatever their "I chipped my nail" excuse of the day is. It is waaaaay past time for strong leadership here. That being said, I'm not sure I am qualified to be Rosa Parks right now, or any time soon since I need to keep my job to pay the mortgage and taxes and take care of my Mom and all the illegals who are now here on my dime. Perhaps when I retire in 4 years.... I just hope it isn't too late then.God Bless,Janet in MA
Great article, Patrice. Completely agree and happy that I've had the pleasure of firearms training at Gunsite. I'd recommend their programs to anyone. The recent terror events are horrible, but now I'm wondering which politician will jump to ban assault trucks.
I've got a ccp but don't bother with carrying where live. The problem is the places I need to have one - Illinois - I'm not allowed. Kinda irritating and unsafe.
I live in Illinois. We really know how to prevent crime...outlaw guns nearly everywhere! Just look at our city with the most strict gun control, Chicago. The crime rate there is very low! Oh, wait. Maybe Chicago isn't a good example. Anyway, gun control is needed. Everyday citizens don't need to carry. They'll end up killing people. Outlaw guns! That will stop criminals! After all, criminals always obey the law...look at Chicago!
I have been working in the school system for 20 years now. Don't get me started on that issue. Anyway, I work at a small rural elementary school that sits near a major corridor highway. After the Sandy Hook incident, the principal called our local sheriff office asking how long it would take for them to arrive in a similar situation. The Sheriffs office response time would be 20-30 minutes on a good day. Our principal recommended to the staff that if we were interested in getting our ccp we were welcomed to do so. Now I'm a ccp here in Northern CA. Yes, California.
We can't legally carry in schools in my state.
Anonymous, you and most teachers are between a rock and a hard place.I have a suggestion. Maybe you can wake up the establishment and have some fun doing it. Purchase a copy of 'Day of Wrath' by William R. Forstchen (author of ‘One Second After’). Label it ‘Please return to teachers’ lounge’ and anonymously place it in the lounge. Then watch what happens.If teachers and parents could read one book about security, this is it. Reading it reminded me of ‘Jaws’. After reading ‘Jaws’ I didn’t want to go into the bathtub. After reading ‘Day of Wrath’ I wouldn’t want to go into a school unarmed or send my child to a school where teachers were unarmed.The book is available for $6.99 at https://www.amazon.com/Wrath-Dies-Irae-William-Forstchen/dp/1625781547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469031891&sr=8-1&keywords=Day+of+Wrath Montana Guy
I thought you made sense with excellent points...may I add few more:1) open carry makes you a target, 2) concealed carry requires proficiency training to deliver rounds on target in a safe and accurate way,3) Police are not legally responsible to protect you, most times they show up to right reports and outline the body,4) Each of us has a God-given responsibility, one of self-reliance, to protect ourselves and our family, the state will not,5) Gun control is not the elimination of guns. It is a group of people deciding a select few will have guns...probably those charged with collecting them from the rest of us.Thanks again for a great article...
Kind of agree on the statement on ccp is supported by the 2nd amendment but open carry supports the 2nd amendment. Well put... I also really hate Illinois too on it's draconian attitude towards firearms and recognizing other states permits. It aught to be challenged on this.... We have "gay" marriage now, why can't we have across state borders on ccp's? Oh, I know why that is...Hmmm... Think it has something to do with where our current president hails from? I have commented before on a cop being to heavy to carry. Glad you brought it up Patrice!Please, every one pray for our people in blue. They and their families appreciate every prayer offered.Remember too... Hillary for PRISON - 2016!!!!Well, maybe not 2016 but hopefully sometime soon....
I live in extreme Southern Illinois, and we don't claim Obama. My part of the state didn't vote for him. We are being governed by Chicago, and are tired of it. We call Chicago the 51st state. Gun control obviously doesn't work. Look at Chicago, the city with the strictest gun control in the nation. In my neck of the woods, very few homes don't have firearms, and we don't have the crime that Chicago does.
We live in a small, normally peaceful unincorporated village. Law enforcement rarely takes less than an hour to arrive. At any given time, probably half the town is armed, mostly concealed. Usually that is for rattlers and wildlife, but coiuld do double duty for bad guys. Woe be to any outsiders who don't understand that and try something stupid. Town may seem much less picturesque, remembering that getting to the nearest hospital takes as long as it does for law enforcement to arrive.
Guns + homeschooling = The media's worse nightmare. Bet you didn't see this.http://www.wvtm13.com/news/child-shoots-suspected-burglar-at-talladega-home/39266054Montana Guy
As much as I'd like to agree (and trust me, I'd like to), I'm afraid I'm not convinced. Something we're learning here from the Lindt café siege is that even people with very strong firearms skills (police special operations personnel) are as likely to kill bystanders as criminals.More seriously, I wonder whether some people gravitate towards armed response because it has a greater, perhaps more heroic, appeal than the messier, nastier, less glamourous but more exacting skills of dealing with the effects of a terrorist attack. For instance, it seems to me that as many lives can be preserved by prompt treatment of gunshot wounds and blast trauma as by gunplay (I've blogged abou that at some length here: You can too: Responding to Terrorism http://newciteaux.blogspot.com/2015/12/you-can-too-responding-to-terrorism.html).For the record, I don't think I could be called a pro-gun control liberal or anything of that sort. I was a firearm owner until a bout of mental issues obliged me to surrender my guns. I remain a committed NRA member. Philosophically, I don't think my own life is so uniquely valuable that I'm willing to kill to preserve it, but that's simply a personal view (i.e. nobody else is obliged to reach the same conclusion about their own life).
Philosophically, I believe that the lives of my law-abiding family are worth protecting. I also think that my life is worth protecting. Protecting life is the reason we incarcerate dangerous individuals. Allowing me to protect myself means a great deal to me. I'm glad that you are willing to understand that there are those who feel as I do. However, there are those who are not willing to give me the rights given to me by the Constitution. For me, and others may not agree, it's a matter of abiding by the law. The law says I have that right. I hope someone doesn't try to unlawfully take that right from me. Having firearms is one of my rights as a law-abiding American.